Sun *not* Urged to Give up OpenOffice Control
February 8, 2006 Leave a comment
A follow up to this post. Andy Updegrove points out that the title of the vnunet article is greatly exaggerated. Indeed it was, which disappointingly is becoming the norm these days. Anything to grab some eyeballs. I'd not go as far as to say it's a non-story though and he focuses a bit too much on ODF, which isn't the issue in this case. IBM and Sun are working on ODF together, which is fantastic, but as it stands IBM will to my knowledge not contribute code to OO.o itself. This is one place a Foundation might help. I've also seen a fair amount of people who contractually couldn't submit code to a project owned by a corporation such as Sun, but could to an independent non-profit. I'll leave the legality and stupidity of those type of contracts to another post though. In the end though, as I mentioned in the last post, it's Sun's code and they should be able to do with it what they think is best.
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